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The Safety Brief

The Safety Brief is a compilation of short Radio-Casts produced by Creative Safety Supply, LLC and Dan Clark, our resident all-round safety guru. In our radio-casts, we give short but valuable overviews and insights into how contractors and safety managers can be even more effective in protecting their workers.

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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed new walking-working surfaces rule. Host Dan Clark wonders why there is a fall protection requirement of four feet in General Industry, but six feet in Construction. more: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/preventing-slips-trips-and-falls/

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18 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as a guide to find hazards in their own workplace. OSHA and the National Safety Council released the OSHA Top 10 on Sept. 29 at the NSC Congress & Expo 2015 in Atlanta. More at:  https://www.thesafetybrief.com/osha-top-10-violations-2015/

2mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #2

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OSHA Compliant Safety Labels - Pt. 1

Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe. An inspection from OSHA could come at any time. Inspections often focus on signs and labeling. Follow along with this short radio-cast from Dan Clark as he relays the story of a facility safety manager who needed to come up with a plan to get the facility into shape. Dan covers various aspects of the job and duties of that hapless facility safety manager as he begins his journey of trying to find the perfect solution to creating safety labels with an almost non-existent visual workplace budget.

3mins

12 May 2014

Rank #3

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Personal Fall Arrest Systems

Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are life savers in construction and industry. Hear how to use and maintain them in this podcast. Personal fall arrest systems have three major parts, the anchorage device, body support, and connectors. Dan Clark provides detail on the parts, including the two types of connectors. Also hear how to inspect the systems, and if it?s okay to carry things in your pockets.

3mins

26 Nov 2014

Rank #4

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Fall Protection - Wood Frame Tie-Offs OK

Fall protection with personal fall arrest systems in residential construction is no longer a controversy. A new study says a PFAS anchored to wood is safe. Many construction companies have said that personal fall arrest systems aren’t feasible in residential work. New research proves them wrong. Safe tie-offs are possible with wood frame construction. A link to the full study is in the transcript: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/fall-protection-wood-frame-tie-offs-ok/

2mins

21 Aug 2015

Rank #5

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Finally! Compare OSHA Standards State To State

OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and regulations. On a website. For free. In additional to federal OSHA standards, 25 states have their own OSHA laws and regulations. This complicates compliance. In this podcast, hear how two non-government entities compiled all U.S. and state health and safety laws. The information is easily compared by various categories and jurisdictions.The information free to the public. Links to the database are in the transcript of this podcast.

2mins

1 May 2015

Rank #6

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Eye Protection At Work

Eye protection at work could eliminate 90% of eye injuries. Listen to hear how easy it is to protect your eyes on the job. Flying or falling objects account for the lion's share of eye injuries in the workplace. The sources are as varied as job descriptions' dust, chemical vapors, liquid chemicals, molten metals, and intense light are examples. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of four grades of eye protection: safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields, and welding helmets. Dan also offers common-sense tips on care of your eye protection.

2mins

24 Nov 2014

Rank #7

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Indoor Air Quality Hazards

Indoor air quality hazards are a pain in the brain! In this podcast, learn how to avoid worker headaches by ensuring clean air in the workplace. Hear how employers and building owners need to be aware of dangerous gases and substances that could cause employee illness. And that HVAC systems are the biggest culprit. Workers have a responsibility too. Each individual is capable of causing indoor air pollution, and Dan offers advice on how to avoid doing so.

3mins

23 Nov 2014

Rank #8

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Fatality Database Could Save Lives

A new fatality database can help workers avoid death dangers and help managers predict which jobs generate risk. Hear how most accidents are preventable. The National Council For Occupational Safety And Health created the database. It is compiled by volunteers dedicated to workplace safety. Dan Clark details the 2015 data. See links at https://www.thesafetybrief.com/fatality-database-could-save-lives/

2mins

28 Aug 2015

Rank #9

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Why Your Lungs Hate Asbestos

Asbestos fibers can damage lungs years after exposure. Help spread the word about asbestos hazards on Mesothelioma Awareness Day September 26th. Even though it was mostly banned in the 70s, asbestos is still a danger in old buildings and products.  
Hear about dangers current and retired workers face with mesothelioma.

2mins

25 Sep 2015

Rank #10

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Traffic Deaths Spike For 2 Big Reasons

Traffic deaths have jumped by 14% from the same period in 2014. Injuries are up even more. We dig into the National Safety Council’s data on the causes. During the first six months of 2015, road fatalities have really increased. Injuries skyrocketed by 30 percent in the same period. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains the research findings, and how workers need to be more vigilant during on-the-job driving.

2mins

18 Aug 2015

Rank #11

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Scaffolding Safety, Slip and Fall Hazards

Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure's temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it is dangerous. But, because it is a temporary structure, more can go wrong with scaffolding. Avoid slip and fall hazards by inspecting it regularly. OSHA requires all workers to be trained prior to occupying, building or moving a scaffold. Employees should also know if scaffolding might intersect with site hazards. Don't let scaffolding give you a false sense of security. Arrest systems and PPE are still needed. Even a short fall can be deadly.

3mins

22 May 2014

Rank #12

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Ethnic Group Most Unsafe In Construction

Unsafe in construction. One group of young, immigrant workers wins the prize for most at-risk in construction. Hear about the study from NIOSH and ASSE. 

Hispanic immigrant construction workers under 25, who don’t speak English, and work for small companies, have the highest injury and death rate. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains why, based on the study “Overlapping Vulnerabilities: The Occupational Safety and Health of Young Immigrant Workers in Small Construction Firms.” The study was published this month by NIOSH, The National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, and ASSE, The American Society Of Safety Engineers.

2mins

20 May 2015

Rank #13

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Safety Signs You Need In The Workplace

Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories of workplace safety signs. More: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/safety-signs-you-need-in-the-workplace/

3mins

16 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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Earthquake Kit Sales Skyrocket

Earthquake kit sales are up after an article in The New Yorker about an earthquake risk off the coast of Washington and Oregon. It’s motivated many to buy an earthquake kit. However, no matter the location, a company would be wise to be prepared for an earthquake or other emergency.In this podcast, Dan Clark features information on preparedness in the workplace from Melinda Davis, Preparedness and Partnerships Manager of The American Red Cross, Cascade Region. See links in the transcript for earthquake kit lists and more.

3mins

4 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an SDS on each chemical, says OSHA. 

OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to follow new guidelines modeled after GHS, the Globally Harmonized System. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of OSHA’s ongoing standard changeover, and the recent June 1st, 2015 deadline requirements. 
Safety Data Sheets must be easily accessible for all workers using hazardous chemicals.

3mins

2 Jun 2015

Rank #16

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New Rule On Confined Spaces In Construction

OSHA issued a confined spaces in construction rule. It’s about time. After noodling with it for over 20 years, the new standard goes in effect Aug. 3, 2015. The confined spaces rule for general-industry, initiated in 1994, never fully protected construction workers. OSHA finally catches up. Hear about the five things contractors must determine about jobsite confined spaces. In this podcast, Dan Clark notes the difference between old and new requirements. Dan also describes the construction standard for permit-required confined spaces.

3mins

5 May 2015

Rank #17

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First Aid Requirements for Workplaces

First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015, and if a person trained in first aid is necessary. Links and more:  https://www.thesafetybrief.com/first-aid-requirements-for-workplaces

3mins

21 Jan 2016

Rank #18

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Whole-Body Vibration Hazards

Whole-body vibration is dangerous for an employee sitting, standing or reclining on a vibrating machine or vehicle. OHSA has no standard. It can affect vision, the bones, joints and the gut. More:  https://www.thesafetybrief.com/whole-body-vibration-hazards/

3mins

3 Nov 2015

Rank #19

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Temporary Wiring Is OK In Only 4 Situations

Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of minutes, Dan Clark lays out the details. Wow. Even more here: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/temporary-wiring-is-ok-in-only-4-situations/

2mins

14 Jan 2016

Rank #20